Private Client Services

Fletchers Group bolsters Private Client and Court of Protection team with new director appointment

May 22, 2023
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Written by Kate Edwards, Director of Private Client

Kate Edwards, who is recognised as one of the country’s leading experts in Court of Protection (CoP) matters has joined the firm to lead and expand our offering in response to the growing demand for private client services. She was previously a partner with Simpson Millar.

Kate’s work involves overseeing the property and financial affairs, and personal welfare of clients who lack mental capacity through injury or illness. She has a wealth of expertise in professional deputyship, including complex cases involving high value litigation, cross border disputes and welfare issues. Her work also covers standalone applications for statutory wills, gifts, inheritance tax, gratuitous care payments and other related matters.

Commenting on her new role, Kate says: “It’s great to be joining Fletchers Group at such a pivotal time; the speed at which the business has grown over the past two years is remarkable and I’m looking forward to contributing significantly to this in the future through a combination of organic and inorganic growth.

“I have inherited an excellent pipeline of work, as well as a strong team of dedicated and enthusiastic people, and I’m looking forward to building on this success and helping more people who need our specialist support.”

Fletchers Group Chief Legal Officer, Adrian Denson says: “I am thrilled to welcome Kate to the Group. She is a high calibre individual with an impressive track record and it’s testament to our growing reputation that we’ve attracted her to the business. She will play a vital role in expanding our private client offering, accelerating growth in this key area and providing our clients with more choice.”

Prior to Fletchers and Simpson Millar, Kate worked in senior roles at Wrigleys, Slater and Gordon, Pannone and Gorvins. In 2020, she was invited by Mr Justice Hayden to join the ‘Hive Committee’ – a small group of key individuals who could consult rapidly on the issues affecting the working of the CoP during the pandemic – at the start of the Covid-crisis. She also founded the Court of Protection Practitioner’s Association (CoPPA) in 2012 and continues to sit on the national executive committee.

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